Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung asked for a solution to patient overload
in hospitals at an inaugural ceremony for a new facility of the Vietnam
national cancer hospital in Tan Trieu commune, Hanoi ’s outlying
district of Thanh Tri, on Aug. 19.
In the first phase, the 1000-bed Tan Trieu facility, which costs over
1 trillion VND (47 million USD) in investment, put the first 300 beds
into service. This will help relieve patient overload for its managing
hospital, the Vietnam national cancer hospital, locally known as
According to Dr. Bui Dieu, Director of
hospital K, patient overload at hospital K has become serious as up to
4,000 people come to seek check-up and treatment services in the
hospital a day.
Addressing the event, PM Dung
acknowledged that patient overload in central-level hospitals has
sparked concerns for the Government, the health sector and people
nationwide and affirmed the government’s due attention to the issue.
He asked the Ministry of Public Health to quickly submit to him a plan
to address hospital overload in the time to come while continuing to
instruct hospital K to speed up the second phase of Tan Trieu facility
for completion by 2013 as planned.-VNA